It's Wedding Season!
Congratulations to the newly engaged and thank you for starting your Wedding Pinterest board. Wedding planning can be time-consuming and we know that during this time, Wedding Dress storage will probably not be on your mind. Take a deep breath, because wedding planning is supposed to be fun. Save this article for after the honeymoon so when you have some free time to think about how much work goes into preparing for the Wedding Day.
A Wedding Photographer from Dettman Photography, William, will help in capturing all of your special memories with a unique photojournalistic style in a candid and artistic approach, while also lending valuable advice in caring for your Wedding Dress before storing it away.
Newlyweds, beware: The Wedding DressWedding Dress Preservation Cost It's critical to take wedding dress preservation into account when planning your wedding budget. Given the average cost of a wedding preservation kit of $250 to $750, it's something you should think about.
Wedding gown preservation begins with an expert's examination, unlike one-size-fits-all dry cleaning. The professional develops a customized treatment strategy based on your dress's material, stitching, and decorations, as well as stains along the hem and across the entire gown.
However, there are a few dry cleaners that provide specific wedding dress cleaning as well. You may utilize them, but be sure to check their process first. Specifically, look for a dry cleaner that employs a fresh solvent rather than a recycled one. Recycled solvents (which are commonly used for cleaning) include impurities that can settle onto clothing and leave your wedding gown with an odd odor. Only use virgin solvents when cleaning and preserving your wedding dress.
When choosing between cleaners or preservationists, thoroughly investigate their criteria. You want someone who guarantees that no harm will be done during the preservation. Look for a warranty that the cost of the dress (not just the restoration) will be reimbursed if any damage is done. Also, find out how long they guarantee that your wedding gown will remain unsullied after treatment.
Time is paramount to the initial preservation of your dress.
Wedding day is short, so don't waste time getting to your preservationist. Pick someone who is close by and can be at the site of your wedding quickly; preferably on-site with enough time before you need to head down the aisle.
The most important thing about Wedding Dress Preservation is that it will keep your dress looking like new for years to come, even after several wearings! Wedding gowns are meant to last lifetimes, but not if they are tattered and torn during regular wear. Wedding dresses must be taken care of now in order for them to stand up well later
By now you've probably chosen a photographer for your big day. If not don't hesitate to contact Will at Dettman Photography to work with you.
Your preservation box should have an airtight seal.
If the box is coming apart, simply hot glue it together.
Store your dress somewhere safe and cool, dry and dark. Keep out of direct sunlight.
Look at the label on your dress.
If it is 100 percent silk, you'll need to use a different cleaner than if it were made of acetate or rayon. Wedding gown preservationists work with the materials in your dress and will know which solvents are safe to use on any part of your wedding dress. Wedding dresses made from polyester and other synthetic fabrics require dry cleaning only.
Don't let cost be an issue when choosing between cleaners or preservationists. Yes, some can be more pricey than others, but everything depends on the extent of treatment and what you're willing to pay for protection and restoration. Price should not influence your decision.
Find out whether they use environmentally friendly products when working with your wedding gown. Wedding gown preservationists might tell you that.
Do not forget the bouquet and shoes.
Wedding bouquets are typically made of silk flowers and leaves, which can be particularly damaged if soaked in water. Similarly, the satin or taffeta components on many brides' shoes can also be irreparably damaged by water or wet chemicals. Thus, to best preserve your gown and avoid the risk of damage, it is wise to hire a professional cleaner who specializes in wedding dresses.
To keep your Wedding Dress looking beautiful after you wear it for that very special day Wedding photographers say that you should bring it into your home as soon as possible to prevent dust, animals (including insects), food crumbs, static electricity, and general household dirt from ruining its pristine condition. Wedding Photography also recommends
If you want to preserve your wedding dress on your own, following these guidelines will set you up for success.
- Cotton gloves when handling the wedding dress.
- Spot test the fabric in an inconspicuous area before you go all out cleaning it to ensure that it won't harm the cloth.
- Use soft-bristled brushes to get the job done. Get some mild toothbrushes and go to work.
- Never use bleach on your gown. If you use this extremely harsh chemical on the delicate cloth, it may be irreversibly damaged.
- Once the gown is clean and dry, wrap it in acid-free tissue paper or unbleached muslin. Avoid colored tissue paper because it might fade the garment over time. To prevent permanent creases, stack layers of tissue paper or muslin between the folds of the dress. To keep the dress's full form, stuff the bust (and sleeves) with tissue paper as well.
- Place the gown in an acid-free container and keep it in a cool, dark place (under a bed is ideal). For humidity control, add silica desiccant packets inside the box.
- You may also hang the dress in a cool, dry closet using an acid-free plastic garment bag. Hanging a wedding gown on a wire or wood hanger can cause strain on the cloth as it hangs, resulting in distortion.
Always use a padded hanger when hanging a wedding gown. Hanging your wedding gown provides the most ventilation and eliminates the risk of permanent creasing.
- Don't store your gown in an attic, a garage, a basement, or a cellar, since the temperatures and humidity in these places can be hazardous.
- Every two or three years, check in on your gown and refold it to ensure that any permanent creases do not develop.
As you can see, adding Wedding Dress Preservation to your wedding budget is a very wise choice! Northwest Indiana wedding photographer Dettman Photography wishes you all the best of luck on your big day!
This article was written by
Will Dettman for Dettman Photography